William James Hewittt

Apr 8, 1891

Born in Eganville, Ontario to George and Susan (nee Stone) Hewitt


Oct 22, 1917

Medical examination held under the MSA (Military Service Act) of 1917 in Renfrew, Ontario


Jan 18, 1918

Conscripted into the 2nd Depot Battalion, EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment) under the MSA in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Number 3320479

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. George Hewitt, mother, RR#1, Eganville, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to the 2nd Draft, 2nd Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment


Feb 1, 1918

Sentenced to 48 hours detention for an unrecorded offence


Mar 25, 1918

The 2nd Draft of the 2nd Depot Battalion embarked the SS Grampian in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Apr 3, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Aug 17, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 18, 1918

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.  Shortly after his arrival, he joined the 21st Battalion at the front


Oct 11, 1918

During the 21st Battalion’s attack on and capture of Iwuy, France, Private Hewitt received a bullet wound that passed through his right thigh without hitting any bone.  He was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transferred to a casualty clearing station


Oct 15, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Ville de Liege


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the Bannow Red Cross Hospital, St. Leonard’s on Sea

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Nov 21, 1918

Transferred to the No. 11 Canadian General Hospital, Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe


Nov 29, 1918

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


dec 21, 1918

Embarked the SS Carmania in Liverpool



Dec 30, 1918

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario where he was taken on strength the Casualty Company, No. 3 District Depot


Jan 2, 1919

Granted leave until January 17, 1919


Jan 24, 1919

Proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario and taken on strength the Sub Depot


Feb 12, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 60854

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge RR #1 Eganville, Ontario

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Eganville, Ontario

William James Hewitt died in 1965 and was buried in the St. Johns Anglican Cemetery, Eganville, Ontario



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